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   Posted 5/15/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you suffer with insane allergies to foods?  Its getting to the point where I cant eat anything anymore!  I just learned after my third attack of hives, relentless itching, weakness, and a pounding heart, that I'm either allergic to meat (the latest being beef roast) or possibly MSG.  I am so incredibly sick of this!!!!!!!!!!!!  What do I have left besides food that makes me feel decent?  I havent had a good nights sleep in so long that I'm cranky and irritable.... because of all the itching I do.  Its not meds because I am down to Tylenol and Advil.  I've cut out so much already because of the stupid pancreatitis, and now this!
Arrrgh!!!! sad   I just want to cry, except it will give me another three day headache.  I need a few good days to get me out of this.
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   Posted 5/15/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Its my understanding that hives in particular, can be stress related, as can the itching. I don't really know much about this, but a friend who gets hives has said this is the case. She takes OTC benadryl and it seems to help.

I have an MSG reaction myself, but it is just a feeling of "hot cheeks" and rushing blood - no itching.

So, I'm not much help in the way of suggestions or shared experience, but I hope you find help soon. Not sleeping and not eating sure makes life difficult.

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   Posted 5/15/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I linked an interesting article about food intolerances. Maybe it will give you some insight:

DH's cousin had many food allergies. She is young, 12 years old. Eventually what they had to do was eliminate everything and start with the basics... more a trial and error thing.

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   Posted 5/15/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi victoria, I  am sorry you are going through this. I don't mean to question your doctors but from a very early age when my stress what really bad I broke out in hives that look like someone hit me with a ball bat. and really thick rashes like I rolled in poison ivy. They put me on valium and the problems resolved themself. After the stress was gone  went off of it. I know you have way too much going on in your life right now.  was just wondering if they explored that a a possibility for these problems?

I pray you find answers



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Come ye, all that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest!

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   Posted 5/15/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria:

I'm not going to be of much help here. As I suffer from no allergies, except to most narcotics. I'm sorry that you having to deal with this. I do however, have a child with horrible allergies. My daughter gets allergy shot weekly. I would suggest that you see an Allergist, and be tested to find out excatly what you're allergic too. They can mix a blend of what you're allergic to and begin giving you small doses of what your allergic to, and you'll build up a resistance to the stuff you're allergic to. I have to say it's a very long process and sometimes you can have a reaction, but you'll have it in the office, and they'll deal with it then and there. The overall process is TOTALLY worth it. It's made a world of difference for my daughter. Prior to the shots, she was living on antibiotics for sinus infections, now she's been antiobiotic free for over 2 yrs. She's been doing the shot for 4 years this August. Once you've reached maintenance level, you only need a shot once a month.

I hope that you get some relief soon, and I wish you the best always.

Take care,
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